Chessie Biggam joined Meritan in March 2016 as the Development and Communications Coordinator. In her role, she assists executive management in the development and execution of a strategic communications and development plan to support the organization’s mission and objectives. She was promoted in August 2019 to the Director of Development.
Chessie is a 2016 graduate of the University of Memphis with a Masters of Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Administration as well as her certificate in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership. She also received her Bachelors of Professional Studies with a concentration in Health Services Administration in May of 2014. Chessie is "Inbound Marketing Certified," "Email Marketing Certified," and "Content Marketing Certified" through the HubSpot Academy, and is a Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP). She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Memphis Chapter, Downtown Memphis Rotary Club, Momentum Nonprofit Partners, and the Professional Network on Aging. She serves on the Association of Fundraising Professionals Board as the Be the Cause Campaign Chair, and previously served of the AFP Board as the Conference Co-Chair and Crystal Awards Chair. She is a member of the Membership and Marketing committee for the Professional Network on Aging.
Chessie is an active volunteer around the city of Memphis, specifically with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Currently, Chessie is the current Co-Executive Director of the Miss Memphis and Miss Shelby County Scholarship Pageant. She is a previous Miss Memphis. She also enjoys cheering on her Memphis Tigers and the Memphis Grizzlies!